David Gamm, Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute at UW-Madison, explains how pluripotent stem cells can be genetically engineered into photo receptor cells and then used in the treatment of degenerative diseases of the retina and the eye. Gamm examines the challenges that need to be addressed before the technology can be used as a significant source for restoring vision.
Shane Hubbard, Researcher at the Space Science and Engineering Center at UW-Madison, discusses the increase in frequency of flooding across the United States and the subsequent impact to homes, businesses and communities. Hubbard shares innovative, cost-effective methods focused on reducing the impact of the floods.
Tom Crenshaw, Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, explores the connection between a lack of Vitamin D in the sow’s diet and deformities in her piglets.
Leslie Eisenberg, Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, Ryan Wubben, Medical Director of UW Hospital Med Flight, Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison, and Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Outreach Specialist at UW-Extension, discuss their roles in finding the remains of Lt. Frank Fazekas, who was shot down in France in World War II.
Darrel Morrison, Professor of Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison, shares his philosophy for creating diverse and aesthetically rich landscapes. Morrison focuses on designing the landscaping using native plants, adding color, textures, and making the landscape dynamic with plant migration and reproduction within the space.
Susannah Sample, Assistant Scientist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison, discusses the results of a study focused on Acquired Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy in dogs. Sample explains that because dogs have a similar genome to humans, this research could add to the understanding of the Charcot Marie Tooth disease in humans.
Paul Koch, Assistant Professor in the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab at UW-Madison, discusses the types of pesticides currently in use in urban areas and their impact on both the environment and the public. Koch offers options for reducing the use of pesticides while maintaining quality landscapes.
Patrick Brady, Professor of Physics at UW-Milwaukee, talks about LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which observed and measured the gravitational waves created by a pair of black holes that collided 1.3 billion years ago.
Kenneth Bradbury, State Geologist and Director at the WI Geological & Natural History Survey, UWEX, provides a geologic history of Wisconsin and highlights some of the outstanding geologic sites in the state. Bradbury discusses the work of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.
Svante Pääbo, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, discusses his work to retrieve DNA from Neandertals. Pääbo explores how closely related present day humans are to prehistoric humans.